FAA-developed electronic strip system not fit for purpose:NATCA

Two state-of-the-art ATC towers will need extensive remodelling to make room for older, more dependable paper strip technology, according to union officials reported by the Associated Press.

The new facilities due to go into operation this autumn in San Francisco and Las Vegas were designed for equipment that helps controllers track aircraft electronically.

But according to Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association prototype electronic strip system the Federal Aviation Administration plans to use is too unstable to be relied upon, forcing controllers to keep using the historic system of passing paper strips to hand off responsibility for a aircraft.


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